Many Massachusetts growers and food entrepreneurs have interest to start their own business by adding value to farm products or starting a specialty food business. The Department offers consumer information and resources to those looking to start their own company, improve marketing plans, or attend trade events to showcase products.
MA Pavilion at Summer Fancy Food Show – MA Vendors Largest to Date
Sixty-three Massachusetts food and related businesses exhibited at the 2015 International Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City, June 28 – 30, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. These small to medium sized businesses met new customers and developed sales from the mostly independent retail buyers in attendance including farm stand operators looking to add Massachusetts value-added products to their inventory. The Massachusetts Pavilion, organized by MDAR, featured products from 26 Bay State food businesses and with a waiting list, was the largest Pavilion to date. There were 12 first time MA exhibitors. These businesses play crucial roles as part of the state’s food system. Whenever it makes sense, MDAR works to make local connections to supply ingredients to these businesses, or for start-ups, work with shared use kitchens across the state. Complete report and list of vendors here.
SHARED USE KITCHEN SPACE
Are you looking for kitchen space? Shared use kitchens across Massachusetts efficiently offer affordable culinary incubator and production space in licensed facilities, as well as business development support
The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources partnered with the New England Extension Food Safety Consortium to produce a gateway website featuring information and resources for the specialty food business. Information includes starting a food business, business and marketing, product development, federal and state regulations, and training and education.